Announced Facebook today announced a new feature that allows users to export posts and text notes via Facebook to a number of third-party services.
Although the company has long introduced tools that allow you to download the information it published via Facebook, the tool being launched today offers a more practical way to save that data.
The tool allows you to export posts and text notes to popular services, such as: Google Docs, Blogger or WordPress.com.
Facebook users find this feature in the “Your Information via Facebook” menu in Settings, and then the “Transfer Information” option, which guides you through a series of prompts during the process of transferring data to one of the available destinations.
To protect data, Facebook says it requires users to re-enter the password before beginning the transfer, which it also does with other exports.
The process encrypts data as it travels between Facebook and other services, the company notes.
The move to support the export of text-based content is interesting, as it was said: Facebook is developing a competitor to the newsletter platform Substack.
The social network aims to capitalize on the growing momentum of the newsletter industry, which has recently seen a number of major writers leaving news outlets in order to communicate with the audience directly via paid newsletters.
Although Facebook did not say whether it plans to include the next product in the export procedures announced today, the move represents a way to protect itself against any kind of anti-competitive claims if Facebook launches the new service.
Today’s addition is part of Facebook’s larger data transfer project, a collaboration of tech giants designed to give users more ways to transfer content between services.
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are also involved in the project, offering similar data export tools.
And last year, Facebook added a feature that gave users a way to export photos and videos via Facebook to Google Photos, as a result of the team’s collaboration.
Now users can also export photos and videos to Backblaze, Dropbox and Koofr as well.